These little felt flowers are so easy to make, yet they are lovely additions to wreaths, vases, bottles, napkin rings, pillows, picture frames, barrettes… their use is only limited by one’s imagination. There are several different methods for making them, but the one I used for this project is not only easy, but it makes pretty rosettes, too.
I used an old CD as a circle pattern. I needed to cut uniform circles and it was handy. Turns out, it was just what I needed. If you’re not too concerned about matching the size of the rosettes, cutting a circle by free hand works great, too.
Place the CD on the felt and trace around the circle. It won’t matter if it’s a dark circle because you’ll be cutting inside of the line.
Cut the circle into a long spiral, leaving the end of it as a small circle which will be used for the bottom of the flower. It’s best to keep the width of each cut close, but not exactly the same. It can be cut in a wavy pattern to give the rosette a more layered look.
Once the circle is cut into a spiral, begin with a very small and tight roll. Continue to roll the spiral around itself. To vary the sizes of the rosettes, pull tightly as you roll or wrap more loosely.
When you reach the end, add a tiny bit of hot glue to the center of the bottom of the rosette and fold the circle flap into place.
I added a straight pin with a pearl head into the center of the rosette. The pin is long enough to push all the way through and can then be used to attach to the Styrofoam wreath. Shorter pins could be used if you’re planning on attaching the flower to another item with hot glue. I’ve also used hot glue to attach a bead to the center instead of a pin.
- Styrofoam Wreath
- Hot Glue
I’m using these flowers as embellishment for a yarn wreath. A yarn wreath has to be the easiest type of wreath to make. It’s time consuming, but wrapping yarn around a foam wreath couldn’t be easier. You just have to make sure you keep the yarn pulled tightly in place to avoid gaps.
I started by adding a drop of hot glue onto the wreath and securing the yarn before beginning to wrap it. After about ten wraps, I scrunched the yarn close together. I’ve seen these made by wrapping around the entire wreath once, twice or even three layers. This one has only one layer. Once I reached the end, I used another drop of hot glue.
I made varying sizes of rosettes for this one just by how tightly I rolled the spiral. I placed them close together, adding in a few dark blue ones for a pop of color with the cream ones. I cut a leaf shape from burlap ribbon to add underneath a few of the rosettes.
I used the bow making technique I mentioned here to make a bow. I made a double one for this one to add more volume to the wreath. After hot gluing it in place, I added a small flower to the center.
After putting all the pieces together, the finished wreath came together the way I envisioned it. That’s not something that always happens!
From start to finish this took about two hours. I think the finished wreath is well worth that amount of time.
I love finding new methods for making fabric flowers. I’ve made them several different ways but I’m always looking for new ways to make them. Do you have a preferred method?